Synonyms of brush in English

: brush1brush2

brush1


See definition of brush

noun

1‘a dustpan and brush’

SYNONYMS

broom, sweeper, besom, whisk, sweeping brush

hairbrush, clothes brush, scrubbing brush, toothbrush, paintbrush

2‘he gave the seat a brush with the back of his hand’

SYNONYMS

clean, sweep, wipe, dust, mop

3‘a fox's brush’

SYNONYMS

tail, tailpiece

scut, dock

4‘Luke had said goodbye with no more than the lightest brush of his lips against her cheek’

SYNONYMS

touch, stroke, skim, graze, glance, rub, shave, pat, nudge, contact

kiss

informal swipe

5‘a brush with the law’

SYNONYMS

encounter, clash, confrontation, collision, conflict

altercation, skirmish, wrangle, scuffle, tussle, fight, battle, engagement, feud, quarrel, incident, to-do

informal run-in, scrap, set-to, argy-bargy

British informal spot of bother

British informal afters


verb

1‘he spent most of his day brushing the floors’

SYNONYMS

sweep, clean, buff, scrub

2‘she brushed her long auburn hair’

SYNONYMS

groom, comb, neaten, tidy, make neat, make tidy, smarten, smooth, arrange, fix, adjust, preen, primp, do, titivate

curry

3‘she felt his lips lightly brush against her cheek’

SYNONYMS

touch, stroke, caress, skim, sweep, graze, shave, glance, contact, flick, scrape

kiss

4‘she brushed a wisp of hair away from her face’

SYNONYMS

push, move, sweep, clear, clean, remove


Synonyms of brush in English

: brush1brush2

brush2


See definition of brush

noun

1‘a haven of open spaces and thick brush’

SYNONYMS

undergrowth, underwood, scrub, scrubland, brushwood, bracken, bushes

wood, thicket, copse

North American underbrush, chaparral

rare boscage


Phrases

    brush something aside

      ‘she brushed aside his repeated warnings’

      SYNONYMS

      disregard, ignore, dismiss, shrug off, pass over, put aside, sweep aside, wave aside

      overlook, pay no attention to, take no notice of, refuse to acknowledge, neglect, think no more of, forget about, have no time for, shut one's eyes to, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to

      reject, spurn, flout

      scoff at, laugh off, make light of, trivialize, belittle, minimize

      informal

      play down, pooh-pooh, cock a snook at

    brush someone off

      ‘he scrambled up to help her, but she brushed him off’

      SYNONYMS

      rebuff, dismiss, spurn, reject, repudiate, refuse, disown, slight, deny, scorn, disdain

      ignore, disregard, snub, cut, cut dead, turn one's back on, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, look right through, freeze out

      jilt, cast aside, discard, throw over, send off, send away, send packing, drop, leave

      informal

      knock back, give the brush-off, give the heave-ho, give someone their marching orders, give someone their walking papers, tell someone to get lost

      British informal

      give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off

      North American informal

      give someone the air

      archaic

      forsake

    brush up (on)

      ‘I've been brushing up on my Italian’

      SYNONYMS

      revise, read up, go over, refresh one's memory of, relearn, cram, study, learn

      improve, polish up, better, enhance

      hone, refine, fine-tune, perfect

      informal

      rub up, bone up

      British informal

      gen up on